interviews: turning the tables

As a journalist, I interview people for a living. I’ve developed a knack for figuring out what to ask and how to elicit profound, humorous and even provocative responses. But asking questions is a lot different than having to answer them — something I’m learning now that I’m the subject of Q&As on various blogs. […]

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of “Thor” and “Valhalla”… and next steps

We did go to see “Thor” on opening night. Even when there’s a movie I really want to see, I usually stay away during opening weekend, to avoid the crowds. But given the overlap in mythology between “Thor” and my book, “Valhalla,” I knew I had to get into a theater as soon as I […]

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the Valhalla blog tour

One of the things that appeals most to me about publishing these days — whether you go the traditional or indie route — is the opportunity to do a virtual book tour online. I’m not a complete shut-in and I don’t have any trouble being friendly, but I’m one of those introverts who tires easily […]

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the importance of reader comments

I’ve been getting the best emails and Facebook messages about “Valhalla” these past few days. For example, one reader — okay, it was my mother — described “Valhalla” as an “opus” and “heroic tale” that is full of action, laughter and fun. Another reader (not related to me) posted to Facebook that the story “grabs […]

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overcoming shyness

I can be fairly reticent, especially with people I don’t know. This has been something of a challenge in my writing work, when it comes to soliciting magazine and newspaper assignments from editors I don’t know — and especially when it comes to promoting books. I was really shy about promoting my first novel when […]

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planning my blog tour, and deciding to e-publish

I’ve been working on guest posts and upcoming appearances on other blogs. Even though I only had six weeks to map out my marketing plan and get “Valhalla” ready for e-publication — which is NOT a lot of time (more on that later) — I’d wanted to engage in an aggressive blog tour to promote […]

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